This cajun shrimp taco is loaded with juicy spiced-flavored shrimp and a mango salad that blends well with the spiciness. It is then served over a slightly charred and grilled tortilla for maximum taste profile.
What is? (History/Background)
Shrimp and tacos are always a perfect combination in the world of Mexican flavors. Well, we can’t deny that it is versatile enough when combined with herbs and spices. It’s like taking the shrimp into a new course that springs out a celebration into the mouth.
This Cajun shrimp taco is a combination of spices with a twist. A twist that you never imagined would work.
Tips and Procedure
- Shrimp is an excellent choice as the main ingredient in every dish; however, many people can ruin this simple and fantastic protein because of overcooking. There is always a technique to have perfectly cooked shrimp! You may notice the shrimp is curling once it is thrown into the fire; this signals that the shrimp’s meat is reacting to heat. To know if the shrimp is cooked through, pay attention to how the shrimp curls; if you see that the shrimp curls and forms a letter “C,” that is your signal that it is good to go!
However, it turns and curls even further if you overcook the shrimp, forming the letter “G.”
- You may notice changes in the shrimp’s color; a cooked shrimp is slightly orange, and if it becomes deep-colored orange, it is already overcooked.
How To Make
Prepare the following ingredients beforehand;
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- ground black pepper
- dried oregano
- dried thyme
- cayenne pepper
- thinly sliced unripe mango
- thinly sliced red onion
- finely diced tomato
- lime juice and slices
- chopped cilantro
- flour tortilla
- olive oil
- peeled and deveined medium-sized shrimp
Combine mango strips, honey, sliced onions, tomatoes, chopped cilantro, and a half-lime juice; set aside.
Combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, ground black pepper, dried oregano, dried thyme, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. The combination of spices will turn into a cajun spice.
Grill the flour tortilla in an open flame for 10 seconds on each side on high heat until slightly charred. Set aside.
Sprinkle half of the cajun spice into the peeled shrimp.
Add oil to a heated skillet over medium heat.
Toss in the shrimp and cook for 3 minutes while stirring until slightly curled.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. To assemble, place the mango salad at the center of the grilled tortilla.
Followed by the cajun shrimp and slightly folded to make a taco. Serve together with the remaining lime slices.
- What does it taste like? It has a perfect combination of spices with a tangy-sweet mango salad. The charred flavor of the flour tortilla adds a great dimension to the tacos; hence it enhances the overall
mouthfeel once you take a bite. It may seem odd to have unripe mango as a salad, but it has an undeniable texture that balances the spicy flavor of the cajun shrimp taco.
- What needs to expect? You may observe liquid that oozes out once you take a bite. This is pretty much normal. These juices come from the shrimp, which clearly indicates that the shrimp is not overcooked.
- Can I use the premade cajun seasoning? Yes, you may; however, it is advisable to use the spice combination to achieve a better flavor in the shrimp.